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Voting & Elections 08.11.2020

Common Cause New York’s Testimony on the June 2020 primary


It is our position that while there were undoubtedly unforced errors along the way, that overall, the Boards of Elections did a credible job of navigating unprecedented circumstances and did their best to rapidly scale up a previously sleepy absentee voting program. However, there is much to improve looking ahead to November in what is arguably the most consequential election in recent history.

Common Cause New York’s Testimony on Redistricting

Common Cause/NY urges the Legislature to make additional changes to the redistricting provision which will clarify and strengthen it, eliminating unconstitutional, contradictory and ambiguous language within the provision and minimizing the potential for litigation.


Legislative Priorities Post EO 202.26 to be Reflected in a Voter Protection Package

Common Cause/NY and others demand lawmakers protect upcoming elections.

Voting & Elections 03.24.2020

How New York's Elections Can Proceed During a Pandemic


New York's 2020 elections can proceed safely and securely in spite of the unprecedented challenges ahead.

Ethics 01.28.2020

The NYC Conflicts of Interest Board must open an investigation into NYC Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan’s relationship with ES&S.

Common Cause/NY sent a letter of complaint to the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB) requesting that it open an investigation into Michael J. Ryan, the Executive Director of the New York City Board of Elections (NYCBOE). The complaint stems from Ryan's problematic relationship with the voting machine vendor Election Systems & Software (ES&S).

Voting & Elections 01.13.2020

ExpressVote XL Voting Machines Are Bad for New York


The New York State Board of Elections is planning to certify a voting machine that is highly error-prone, expensive and would only serve to undermine faith in the accuracy of election results.

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